Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Rocket Lab Successfully Launches First Electron Mission from U.S. Soil

 “Electron is already the leading small orbital rocket globally, and today’s perfect mission from a new pad is testament to our team’s unrelenting commitment to mission success,” said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck. “After our busiest launch year yet in 2022 with nine successful missions, what better way to kick off the new year than by launching Virginia-built spacecraft from a Virginia launch site, enabled by our rapidly growing Virginia-based team. This mission has been a real team effort. Thanks to the consistent support of NASA, Virginia Space, the FAA, the Commonwealth and our mission partner HawkEye 360, Rocket Lab is proud to bring a reliable and responsive new launch capability to Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

“We are grateful to share in the success of today’s launch. Our sixth trio of satellites and our first mid-latitude satellite cluster will broaden the scope of our geospatial insights for our partners around the world,” said HawkEye 360 CEO, John Serafini. “This also marks our first launch in our home state of Virginia, making today’s success even more meaningful. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with Rocket Lab and Virginia Space in the months and years ahead.”

The launch of Electron from the NASA-controlled Wallops Flight Facility also marked the introduction of the agency’s autonomous flight termination capability, known as NAFTU (NASA Autonomous Flight Termination Unit). While Rocket Lab has successfully flown its own autonomous system on Electron missions since 2019, NASA developed NAFTU in conjunction with this launch to provide a common system for flight termination for a wide array of launch vehicles at any launch range. Autonomous flight termination capability now being in operation at Wallops can provide faster and cheaper access to space for small satellites by enabling wider launch windows, smaller launch safety corridors, and reduced reliance on ground-based systems.

“We are honored to support the launch of this historic mission,” said Ted Mercer, CEO and Executive Director of Virginia Space. “In addition to being Rocket Lab’s first and only U.S. launch location, we will also be building rockets and processing their payload right here in Accomack County – something that has never been done in Virginia. Our partnership with Rocket Lab is a unique opportunity for the Commonwealth of Virginia to create long-term economic development opportunities in the form of high-paying jobs, launch viewing tourism, and construction of new facilities on the Eastern Shore.”

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Tecno Pova 4 Pro with awesome design and fast performance is all you need this time

The phone has got glass front, a plastic frame, and a plastic back that gives it a premium look. It runs Android 12 which is not the latest but still can work best. This phone packs 256 GB internal storage and 8 GB RAM which gives it huge storage and hassle-free performance.

 It is the fourth incarnation of the budget-level gaming smartphone from Techno. Tecno Pova 4 Pro is one of the phones whose design and features are up to mark. It was launched in the market on October 10 2022 and if we talk about the features of this phone it comes with 6.66 inches AMOLED display that offers 1080×2460 pixels resolution.

As far as the camera is concerned it has got a dual camera setup that features a 50 MP camera. The front side of the phone has got an 8 MP camera that helps you to take the best and flawless selfies. It is equipped with stereo speakers that deliver the best quality sound with the best quality video.

This phone is powered by a 6000 mAh battery that gives it a day-long battery backup. This phone was launched in Fluorite color. Other than the features and specifications what makes it special is its design that you won’t see in any other phone.

As soon as you will hold this phone and look at the back side of the phone you will see the gradation of blue to black and color that makes it stylish. Its camera has been placed in a manner with specially marked lines around it.  We have found that this phone is unavailable or out of stock for now but as soon as it will arrive Techoutlook will notify you first.

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

Kela Eco Boat Designed to Clear Oceans of Plastic

It's no secret that ocean pollution is a problem that threatens the world's largest natural ecosystem, one that scientists are trying to remedy in various ways. One solution comes from Italy, where a reputable boatyard known for producing luxury yachts has created a boat with a much different mission—to help clear the oceans of plastic waste.

The CPN Shipyard, based in Ancona, Italy, first developed what is now known as the Kela Eco Boat in 2012, working on several prototypes before settling on the two versions that exist todayone with a length of 11 meters and one of 13 meters, said Francesco Faragalli, project manager for Kela Eco Boat, in a recent Design News interview.

Partners in Fighting Plastic Pollution

So far, there are about seven boats in operation by customers in Italy and Thailand who have bought Kela Eco Boats, while negotiations are ongoing with potential clients in Indonesia, Nigeria, and other European countries, Faragalli told Design News.

CPN also is working with partners to participate in clean-up and waste-collection activities using the boats. Recently, a Belgium-based nonprofit called Waste Free Oceans (WFO) unveiled that it's teaming up with the Kela Eco Boat to sponsor clean-ups using the vessel as well as to manage and recycle the waste into products that can be resold.

WFO is aimed at mobilizing the fisheries sector, the plastics industry, policy makers, and the wider public to reduce the impact of marine litter on the world's ocean environment and natural resources, according to its website. 

The organization partners with recyclers, converters, and brands to then reuse the plastic waste it recovers from the ocean and other bodies of water. In fact, WFO often keeps track of the whole plastic value chain, working alongside recyclers to ensure the different types of plastic are recycled and sorted properly and then later working with partners to create new products with plastic collected on clean-ups, Clara Hoyas, a spokeswoman for the organization, told Design News.  

For example, the group has carried out clean-ups in the Danube River for many years, and some of the plastic collected has been upcycled into products such as glasses and suitcases in collaboration with partners, she said.

"We always try to partner with new brands who are willing to make their product more sustainable, then we run some tests and sometimes we manage to create new products with a certain percentage of ocean plastic," Hoyas said. "That's already a victory."

Friday, January 6, 2023

Predictive Maintenance Grows Beyond Hot Motors


Technology has matured considerably. Now the goal is to gain optimal life for the machines while avoiding failure. If deployed properly, predictive maintenance predicts future machine failures, pinpoints complex equipment problems, and identifies parts that need fixing. With those principles in place, plant operators become more attuned to planning maintenance. They can reduce unplanned machine downtime while maximizing overall equipment life. This is a bigger bite than simply identifying a motor that’s running too hot or sounds funny.

This isn’t your father’s predictive maintenance. When predictive maintenance was first introduced, it was famously the low-hanging fruit of advanced manufacturing. Predictive maintenance was typically the first step in the move to smart manufacturing.

According to MathWorks – an AI software company – these desired outcomes won’t happen without an algorithm capable of predicting a time window when machines will likely fail. The following four-step workflow is designed to guide manufacturers through the process of developing effective predictive maintenance:

Monday, January 2, 2023

Legendary British carmaker Lotus has joined forces with Car Design News to produce a sumptuous new book detailing the design story of the brand

Peter Horbury: I think that, in the past, Lotus probably considered itself as an engineering and manufacturing company, with added design. Today, as part of the Vision80 transformation of the business and brand, design has at least equal billing, and the recently launched trio of the Lotus Evija, Emira and Eletre mean the time is right for this very special book.

Lotus is a storied name in world car culture. The British carmaker is a legend in motor racing, featured alongside Roger Moore in James Bond, and is beloved by people all over the world. Now, Lotus is entering a brave new era with the launch of an all-electric SUV, the Eletre, which is just the start of a new design direction for the 70-year-old carmaker. Lotus: The Design Story tells the story of that future through interviews with the heads of design, features on the design history of the brand, its place in popular culture and much more. To find out a little more about the book, CDN caught up with Peter Horbury vice-president, Lotus Design.



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